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SFGTV
Mar 31, 2013 10:00pm PDT
concern that the last gao meeting was canceled and when i was told the official reason, in my interpretation and opinion, i thought it was very inadequate reason why it was canceled. looking at the agenda, i see item 1 and 2, and i tell myself, ha this committee become a lap dog rather than a watchdog agency. there are plenty of items to discuss in addition to item number 1. i only see one other item, and i also have to consult whether it belongs here or not. so, let's put it this way. either this committee is going to be active and a watchdog or it will continue to be a lap dog and will do a great disservice to law abiding citizens in san francisco. and for the record, so there will be no arguing later on, i find it a very interesting phenomenon that when committee hearings are under observation, that there are so many cancellations all of a sudden and that all of a sudden the number of items have dropped off. so, the only thing i can conclude is what's going on? thank you. >> thank you. any other members of the public? seeing none, public comment is closed. so, the budget an
CSPAN
Apr 19, 2013 5:00pm EDT
figure. it came from the gao office just last year, seven years after this. with that in mind, recognizing, as u as you point out, may fe tuntil 1 2015 than we are to believe today. have you considered that in your support of the brac? >> i have not seen the actual figures or the study you refer to, senator. i know. ly respond to your question. but i think from i don't know if it was the same gao report or another one, that note order the 2005 brac round in our facility. i'm going ask mr. hale to respond quickly. i know you read the report i refer to. i ask you share that with secretary hagel, which i'm sure you'll want to look at. i would only ask you consider that because those reasons for my opposition to seven years ago, eight years ago now are probably more true today. when the chairman talked about the missile defense thing, i was very pleased when he made the decision to increase back up to 44. on the west coast. automatic the things happening in north korea. i was over there recently i talked to you from other there, and i realized that this is something that is -- we
FOX News
Apr 9, 2013 7:00pm PDT
inspect catfish. the gao thinks that could be slimmed down to one catfish inspection program. >> like when my child -- i tell him to do something and he says, it's hard, daddy, i don't want to do, and gives up. this is the part most americans don't understand. >> you have 381 recommendations since 2011 i think. what's the total estimated ballpark figure of savings to the government if all 381 were implemented? >> the estimate is tens of billions of dollars. >> i'm trying to figure out why it took $400,000 to redo the navy uniform when they actually looked like the other. that's -- i'd of done it for a lot less than that. >> we can't afford to continue to operate the way we're operating. and it needs fundamental re-examination. we can do better, and we have to. >> you're right, three different agencies inspecting catfish. 679 overlapping renewable energy programs. seven camouflaged uniforms for the military, all with different colors and patterns, of course. sound like a waste of your tax dollars? the government accountability office says yes, it is. they say they can save billions, bi
FOX Business
Apr 14, 2013 4:00am EDT
instead of talking about these very important functions. gerri: to gao came out with a report. let me show you some of the other ways in the justice department. tom, i know you're already familiar with this. fifty-six of the dot grants are more than 20% of grant funds for victim assistance and related research. so money that is spent, and also duplicated, nobody is paying attention. how is this possible, and why does this continue, particularly when we are facing such a huge deficit and are spending debt is $63. >> $33 billion since 2005. a lot of money. of course, the overlap is obvious when you have 56 programs for victims assistance. the justice department claims they were all a little bit different. the gao issued a report in july of last year. updated at it just this week. they said the justice department has started to look at us. gerri: starting to look at it -- it's their department. normal organization would tolerate this duplication. tom, thank you for coming in tonight. an important story, i'm so glad we told people about it. gerri: now we want to know what you think. shoul
CSPAN
Apr 10, 2013 11:00pm EDT
fiscal year 2011, dhs is used apprehensions on the southwest border as an interim: escher. however, gao previously testified this measure does not inform program results and therefore limits dhs and congressional oversight and accountability. my question to you is i agree with you apprehensions are not the only measurement. we have no other measurement rate now. incredibly the testimony before the house, mr. bartkowski, representative kenneth miller that will be a tool for the measurement you are suggesting. when are we going to have these measurement of effectiveness as the government accountability office says we need. if you don't believe believe apprehensions ideas here, what is the answer? we have right now at our disposal in order for congress to make a judgment. >> thank you, senator. i will does two things in particular. versus the effectiveness ratio. one of the things important if we want to know too that technology and observation how many people come across the border and how many people do we apprehend or turn that? that allows us to understand -- >> each of the metrics and
CSPAN
Apr 15, 2013 7:00am EDT
requested the gao studies. guest: this third report marks the completion of a systematic government that we started three years ago. it was our way to break it up into managing pieces. this year we identified 131 new issues in next to replant to continue to look -- and the next year we plan to continue to look. as i mentioned before, in 2011 and 2012 at the five almost 300 actions that congress or the executive branch agencies could take to help identify and address this duplication or fragmentation. what we found is that almost 80% of those actions or recommendations have been addressed or partially addressed by the agency'ies. we will continue to report. host: renee is calling from bellevue, nebraska on the independent line. caller: the comment i wanted to make was made by the previous caller. it is the exact same thing. what nicole is stating about the overlap in services has existed for decades. it is nothing new and nothing that anyone in state or federal current has worked to in any degree. even if the recommendations are made there has to be somebody who action takes those recomme
FOX Business
Apr 9, 2013 8:00pm EDT
on. the thing that is really crazy, most of what was exposed today by the gao, a branch of congress, in fact was, were things that are completely within the administration's control. they can work smarter. the office of management and budget exists to prevent this kind of duplication. they're just not doing their jobs. neil: i was going down the list, congressman, of some of the things going on. individually, a lot of these projects aren't bad. duplicated dozens of times among dozens of agencies it starts getting bad. >> oh absolutely. neil: who is in charge of that? is that a gsa thing? is that within the office of management and budget at the white house? is that cbo thing? who? >> basically 23 different cabinet levels have 35 offices and 80 programs out of just 35 offices on renewables. gsa is one of them of course. one of the problems everybody wants to be good and green and renewable but you end up with 35 offices headed by $35200,000 people. you end up with all this redundancy. this is part of the gao, the gao is not going to make a decision whether renewables are good, whethe
FOX Business
Apr 18, 2013 9:20am EDT
is too much, but when the gao did a study, they believe it's going to cost $3.2 billion. this has been going on for quite some time. in fact, for several years now, i've been fighting the issue with the gsa and federal judiciary. the federal judges are in working with the gsa to develop the courthouses. they overbuild them. they use numbers projecting out numbers of judges in the courthouse that never come to fruition when they finally build these things. we overbuilt courthouse, and they are always over budget, so we're pressing hard to save taxpayer dollars. >> how is it possible you go from a billion dollar estimate for courthouse construction to short period of time. how did that happen? >> well, the gao looked at the way the white courthouses have n developed in gsa and the federal court finding over the years there's things they underestimate significantly so when the time comes to build these things and when they are built, they go way overbudget. the gao looked on criteria of 33 past courthouses, in fact, over ten years that have. built, and they found these cost overruns
CNBC
Apr 4, 2013 7:00pm EDT
government accountability office the gao here in washington released a new report on what's called the political intelligence industry and it's those firms that mine washington agencies, congress, all of the federal government apparatus here for details that they can then feed to traders on wall street to get ahead of the announcements of major information. let me bring the highlights. gao finding that no laws or ethics rules specifically govern the sale of information by these political intelligence firms but they also said the disclosure of material nonpublic governmental information could be insider trading and they said members of congress could use the speech or debate privilege of the united states constitution as a defense here. now the story that was broken in the "wall street journal" this morning was of a firm called height securities which got information in advance in a change of medicare payment policy on monday, released that information to its clients monday before the close of trading and you just saw the chart there. a lot of activity in some of those health care insur
CSPAN
Apr 17, 2013 8:00pm EDT
same gao report or another one noted in the 2005 brac round it clearly reflected i think the number was almost a 25% over capacity and infrastructure at the time in our facility. now, i will ask mr. hale to respond here quickly but to answer your question we have looked at all the factors, upfront costs. >> we don't need to hear from mr. hale now but if you will for the record secretary hale i know you have read the report i referred to and i ask that you would share that with secretary hagel which i'm sure he will want to look at and i would ask you to consider that because i think those reasons for my opposition to -- 8 years ago now are probably more true today. the chairman talked about the missile defense thing. i was very pleased when you made the decision to increase the number of ground-based interceptor sites on the west coast. i think that was good. what i don't agree with as has been pointed out that is probably a good thing to do in light of all the things happening in north korea. i was over there recently and in fact i talk to you over there and i realized that this is
FOX Business
Apr 17, 2013 9:00pm EDT
prepared to go that far. the cut that out of the bell and replaced it with a steady for the gao to study whether or not there really is a problem. well, the report, a gao report finally came out that shows that there is, indeed, a problem because they could not even identify who these political intelligence consultants are or how big it is. and as a result, we're going to see a new effort in congress led by senator charles grassley. gerri: of former aide is right at the center of this, right? >> and, yes. it highlights a lot of things, including the fact that lobbying firms don't like it when the lobbyists go ahead and use their lobbying information to sell to these political intelligence firms. for me what it highlights is, this is what happens when government is regulating in subsidizing everybody so much. increasingly the placement of a, in legislation, the decision of a committee chairman, the decision of a bureaucrat, the timing of a rule, that step is worth millions and becomes worth more and more as government increases the act of subsidizing and regulating industry. gerri: i want
SFGTV
Apr 13, 2013 6:14pm PDT
? >> thank you, mr. chair. colleagues, i want to thank the gao committee for their recommendation of this item and appreciate your consideration. three years ago i was happy to work with mayor newsome to pass our city's first open data ordinance and at that point we were a national leader in the open data movement. unfortunately we have fallen a bit behind. at this time we have about 500 city maintained data sets, but there are literally thousands of data sets that we could put out to the public. we have known in recent years that the release of government data and improved partnership between government and citizens has led to many successes at improving government. we know this is good for open government. this is to help provide more information to the press, to the public, and really ensure that as we analyze our government data, this is leading to innovations throughout our communities. i want to just take a moment because some of our colleagues have asked me, what type of data are we talking about? let me give three examples of things that i think we could really move forward on. fi
SFGTV
Apr 9, 2013 3:00pm PDT
going on also, i would like to mention why doesn't gao committee on thursday have on its schedule a discussion about mr. henry alvarez? and i think the mayor should donate his retirement check to the people that live in the projects. thank you. >> thanks. next speaker. >>> mr. president, board of supervisors, my name is [speaker not understood], i live in the north of market. i just heard on the conservative radio that the blue angels were canceled. i know this body some years ago had a pretty significant discussion about the safety issues involving the blue angels, and it occurred to me that over and above that, if we're in a government that is not being sufficiently funded and people are cutting corners, you know, safety could be an issue in a program where safety is really critical. and i know it's potentially a big hit to our city particularly the marin a district, but, you know, if you're cutting corners and you can't account for safety, then there's other kind of programs that actually should get cut. thank you. ~ marina >> thank you very much. are there any other members of t
FOX Business
Apr 4, 2013 1:00pm EDT
stuff, peter. >> that's right, ashley. this new gao report, says regulation of political intelligence is murky and complicated. as we saw on monday, when a report from the political intelligence firm here in washington, height securities sent health care stocks soaring about half an hour before the release of a important government medicare decision that this kind of information can move markets. congress has been looking into whether political intelligence requires more regulation and asked the gao to study the issue. the gao found quote, there are no laws or ethics rules that specifically govern the sale of information by a political intelligence firm. however, there are laws and -pethics rules that may govern the purchase and sale of material, nonpublic information. and ethics rules that govern nonpublic information. among other things, the gao also says, it is hard to quantify the prevalence of political intelligence and hard to categorize information as material and nonpublic sources. height securities told its clients that the obama administration would reverse occu
CSPAN
Apr 7, 2013 9:00pm EDT
next weeks and months. we think that is the best option. the gao has provided some useful recommendations for how we should continue working with the few servicers that were not part of the recent settlement and we will take those recommendations. >> if i could translate that e,to journal ease -- journalez if you knew then what you knew now, you would have done it differently. >> absolutely. >> what would you have done differently, do you think? i am not eating to trap you. -- meaning to trap you. promised i would be polite. >> perhaps we would have taken an approach of a similar -- simple or categorization. and sending payments more rapidly, getting involved in detailed reviews. >> or money, less process. >> right. the money that had been agreed on was being eaten up i very costly reviews and spending money for consultants. ,hese turned out to be commonly a file might be 2000 pages or more. 10 or 20 orld take 50 hours of a single file. that turned out not to be a workable approach. >> ok. let it go. are there any other questions, good luck. one thing, before i go on, your
CNBC
Apr 15, 2013 1:00pm EDT
. >> just in time for tax day, we have a brand new gao report that is out right this minute. let me bring in a couple other quick headline findings here starting with this number, 61. today there are 80 corporate tax expenditures. it cost the taxpayer $181 billion a year. the biggest loophole here is the axccelerated depreshuation of machinery and equipment. what does this tell you about the state of american taxation? >> this report showing that tax loopholes actually exceed the amount of tax revenue paid by american corporations is really consistent with other recent reports, one of which showed that 30 of america's largest corporations spent more money lobbying this congress. >> you call these loopholes and a lot of people will say they put these carve-outs in the law to incentivize certain behavior. why shouldn't companies take advantage of this? >> my concern is that overall at a time when corporate revenues are at historic high is that we cannot extend all of these tax preferences indefinitely. appreciation was done as part of an economic recovery act. we have recovered some and the
FOX Business
Apr 9, 2013 1:00pm EDT
hearing is just getting underway at the house government reform committee. the gao identifying 162 areas of duplication in federal programs by the government, starting with the one we've all been talking about today, three programs that inspect catfish. one at the department of agriculture that costs 14 million bucks a year. the food and drug administration, national marine fishery service. the gao also goes after the pentagon for wasting money on producing uniforms for the military, for soldiers and storing them. $82 million a year could be saved with changes there. on renewable energy, there are 80 different wind programs run by 35 offices at eight agencies costing $5 billion according to the gao. well the chairman of the government reform committee says, acknowledges all these kinds of programs have been approved by democrats and republicans in washington over the years. so it is not a traditionally partisan problem. take a listen. >> it's partisan only in the sense it is the bureaucracy against the american people. it is fiefdoms within government against any kind of real refor
CSPAN
Apr 18, 2013 1:00am EDT
centers but we -- what the gao report said this year if there is hunt of duplication going on -- there is tons of duplication going on that the taxpayer is paying for. have you read the report? what areas are you taking to address to location in your department? but i have asked our management team to look at all the areas that gao identified and give me their assessment as to whether the gao was correct. as i indicated, by the time a gao is written sometimes you do not have the most current information. under these budget times, we have no interest in wasting any taxpayer dollars. f i can find a redundancy or something that can be done efficiently, that is what our efficiency review process is all about. we are going to do that. >> when you see an area that needs our help, you guys got is doing three different things in three different areas that lead to the same results. here is a recommendation. why don't you guys change this? i would like that you be forward with us when you look at all that that the gao has put out and say congress, you have to change this for us if you e
CSPAN
Apr 15, 2013 12:00pm EDT
. gao has previously highlighted and continues to highlight problems across the government. you probably have heard a lot of these issues in the press. seeing say that we are progress. these reports bring increased attention to these issues. one thing we do is track the extent which government agencies take on the issues we identified. over the last three years identified 380 actions or recommendations that we want the congress or executive branch to take on to address issues that we have found. we are finding that they are making progress in tackling these issues. we have developed a new website, you can find it at gao.gov, which contains all of the different recommendations we have made in these areas. a member of the public can go on and search by the public and see what type of progress has been made. host: nicole clowers is with the government accountability of this. she is a financial market andthe community investment director. federal news radio has a story from last week about your most recent report. it says it is the final chapter in a three-year study of congress --
FOX News
Apr 9, 2013 3:00pm PDT
americans. >> bret: james, thank you. fox has obtained the results of a new gao report duplication or wasteful spending adding almost $100 billion a year on top of a larger amount from two previous reports. renewable energy programs topped them all with 679 overlapping programs. senator tom coburn says the federal government could save $2.2 trillion with a t over 10 years if congress and the administration worked at it. >> less than 10 or 11% of the stuff that's been identified beforehand has been addressed. so 90%, 88% has not been address dollars. -- addressed. none of the big savings has been addressed. >> bret: the president is working a full-court press on capitol hill this week. pushing hard on three major agenda items. chief white house correspondent ed henry tells us where we are on each one. >> one day before he unveils his new budget with cuts to social security. president obama faced more anger from his liberal allies. [chanting] >> no chained cpi. >> protest over chained cpi cuts to government benefits sparked protests outside the white house led by liberal groups inclu
FOX Business
Apr 23, 2013 7:00pm EDT
where she gets her information the gao said only 6 percent of the borders have full control only 20% under operational control that is less than half with a failing grade and as far as the triggers is a hope and wish if not done within five years there is another commission so it is amnesty for stand border security later, if ever. lou: in sure the temperature you have taken. is it likely? you have your own gang of 8. you are working on this issue but the first words are they love what the gang of 8 has done. will we watch this get rubber-stamp? >> not all. i do not think the senate immigration bill as it now stands will pass the senate. as far as what is going on they have not made pants -- plans public. we will pass the guest worker plan and a bill for more immigrants to need the skills they need to get jobs and take care of their families. to pass that you verify bill to make sure workers who hire those here illegally and we will do it right on the house judiciary committee that is a direction you'll see congress go. lou: always good to talk with you. good to be here. make your v
CSPAN
Apr 22, 2013 8:00am EDT
multiple sources. >> guest: i mean, there's several. gao is certai one the comptroller of the currency, you know, whoever the president happens to be, you know, those numbers are will. are there. the u.s. budget is online, i think, through numerous sites from the white house. and i suppose being a conspiracy theorist, you'd think they're manipulating the budget. those reports are very voluminous. >> host: you really have to kind of of of learn to -- >> guest: you have to look at, you have to look at. it takes time. there's no shortcuts. it's not exciting work. and people are always saying, asking us have you ever been threatened? we've never been threatened sitting at a library table looking at this kind of data. but that's what the heart of the work is. it just takes a long time to systematically go through that. but it's open in a way that was much more difficult a few years ago. of. >> host: you're actually, with your questions, putting your finger on what is a really critical problem that goes unmentioned. and that's the news media. and especially now when the news media's
CSPAN
Apr 13, 2013 4:40pm EDT
spend less, you get less, which, sometimes, does not always work out. the gao says that if you spend $1, you get that $69. why don't you just give them $1 trillion and then we can go home? it does not quite work that way. the acting commissioner would say, it does not always work that way. >> that is right. in general, and these numbers are based on history, is four to one in terms of the money that we get back. what the chairman says is right. if you give us money this year, it is unlikely to have an immediate impact. actually, it might erode the love it because we have to hire and train, and that takes people off of revenue generation. it is always a lagging impact. in budgetreduction has a leg impact. we are doing fewer exams as we speak and those closures will not occur this year necessarily. they may occur next year. sequestration will not be an immediate hit on our numbers, it will tail out in 14 and become much more evident than. >> mr. chairman, to your point and to the gentleman's questions, they are absolutely fair. extent that you can move towards understanding what
CSPAN
Apr 19, 2013 9:00am EDT
failed to propose changes, not because the gao will not testify these changes are material and not because the cbo has failed to score what these savings will be. not because some of those savings have been statutory lee possible since the 70's. not because the american people failed to support these meaningful changes by the clear majorities of each category, and i want to reiterate the majority of americans see this as not essentials. the majority of americans are perfectly happy going to a cluster box, a corner box or lock box near their home to get their mail some of them get it in the shade of a greater cost oflabor by far. it isonderful and convenient t ly post office. again and again the legislature is heralded buy almost every newspaper in america. it is supported by the business community. but behind the scenes, lobbying continues to make it impossible. recently the postmaster announced that he would in fact to go to a new that would provide different service. legal opinions varied but he certainly had a right to try to be challenged. he had other avenues. he was supported
CSPAN
Apr 1, 2013 7:00am EDT
director of tax issues at gao. taxs on the irs administration and tax policy. there is a 10-year statue of limitation on collection of tax is. there are requirements that have to be met. is it correct that at or 10 years of someone meeting the requirements a may not have to pay those taxes they are behind on? guest guest: i am not sure it is 10 years. it may be shorter. i am not sure it is this same for all situations. you need to talk to a tax advisor. guest: why does that interest you? caller: i am an accountant. i have with tax situations. guest: what have you learned as an accountant? if you have met certain requirements, with regards to when you last pager taxes and if you have had investigation -- when you last pager taxes -- ,hen you last pageid your taxes you do not have to pay. i am somewhat busy. caller: my son has been audited for 2007. he has been fighting them all of this time. letters from different states about this name audit. they ask for the same information. he has sent it over and over again. he got involved with an advocate. the advocate said your taxes are fine. th
CSPAN
Apr 25, 2013 6:00am EDT
are subject to a gao audit of our finances as opposed to in general most agencies and departments the gao audit is of the federal government as a whole, not specific to their finances. we're subject to an independent audit annually of our operations. that's, again, not something that is done at other agencies. i'm happy to say that those audits have been clean audits to date each as we're building up and trying to build the agency as well as perform our duties. we are subject unlike the other banking agencies to a hard budget cap and then told that if we need additional money, we can come to congress for an appropriation, so we're sort of quasiappropriated as it is. we're required to produce a semiannual report and to testify, therefore, twice a year in front of the senate banking committee as an oversight and also the house financial services committee. as an oversight. on that report. and i, i want the senators not to underestimate yourselves. this is meaningful oversight. when i sit here and have to answer your questions, it's not just fun and games for me. this is, i take it very
CSPAN
Apr 26, 2013 6:00am EDT
sequester. >> the gao has indicated that lack of control training in the new procedures as revenge them from being used. you are not doing anything to grep that? >> we have been doing a lot to correct the. we have had to put on hold to do with the immediate impacts as we're dealing with the sequester. in response to gao have invested a significant amount in ensuring that we have appropriate controller involved in training, and it has resulted in great benefit in these procedures and these nextgen investments being used by the aviation industry. we've had to cause that while we do with the immediate operational challenges to mitigate the impact associated with furloughing our employees. >> i see that sequestration seems to be edge of the day but what barriers do you perceive out of the sequestration? >> as we look to implement nextgen down the road, this represents significant technological transformation. and it moves us from a system of air traffic control to a system of air traffic management. those are all good things. and that is something needs to be done collaboratively with the a
CNBC
Apr 4, 2013 6:00am EDT
the set from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. eastern time. >>> in washington news, the gao is expected to release its report in political intelligence on that industry today. the front page story in the "wall street journal" says the political intelligence agency drove the jump in health insurance stocks on monday. height securities predicted that the obama administration would eliminate planned cuts in payments to insurers running medicare plans. now, that policy change was announced 35 minutes later pap height executive tells the journal that the firm didn't do anything wrong, but simply followed up on a rumor about plans for centers to medicare and medicaid services had put out there. the expected report from the gao is said to suggest it's hard to figure out how traders get their information. but senator chuck grassley says there is a chance that what political intelligence firms are doing is unfair to everyday investors. the current rules clearly profit some behavior to get inside information from the government. other strategies appear to be legal. the question is, which these were. you can
CSPAN
Apr 21, 2013 11:00pm EDT
to delve into this, do a google search for the f-35 and gao. >> what is a follow-up for you? >> i am looking at some other military budget issues. it is important to look at some of the trade-offs. as we go forward, what can we afford? what is important for national defense? what are the sorts of things we waste money on? >> who were you writing for? how did you appeal to them? >> i tried to make the plane the central character. stories about military procurement, budget issues, they are complex, hard to understand, filled with jargon. i tried to step back and say, how can i tell this in a way that will be engaging to people? the way to do this would be to focus on the plane itself. >> two books you've got out. thank you very much for joining us. >> great to talk to you. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] >> for a dvd copy of this program, call 1-877-662-7726. to give us your comments about this program, visit us at qanda.org. as rams are also available c-span podcasts. >> next, the funeral service for f
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